Seven Birmingham Metropolitan College sports students have been chosen to train with Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club, with four students signed up to play for the First Team, as part of the unique partnership between the two organisations.
The Foundation Partnership was set up two years ago to provide young players with the opportunity to continue to play football whilst studying for an academic qualification. Football players between the age of 16 and 19 represent the college and the football club during mid-week games in the prestigious Midland Floodlit Under 18s Youth League as well as weekly Under 19s team in the West Midlands College League.
Ex Willenhall Town Anthony Isherwood, Sports Lecturer at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Sutton Campus, said: “Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club currently play in the Evo Stick Division One South, which is two divisions from Professional Full Time Conference football. This is a fantastic opportunity for our sports students who are succeeding not only on the pitch, but also in the classroom, studying for qualifications which could lead to careers in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Nutrition and Sports Analysis. The Royals first team manager, Neil Tooth, has signed four of the Foundation players with a view to playing them in forthcoming games, which is testimony to the success of the Football Foundation partnership.”
Three of the players have signed for West Midlands Regional League side Willenhall Town.
Callum Foster, Alex Reid, and Danny Kidane were all part of the Lockmen team that won 3-2 at Wednesfield last Tuesday. Danny Kidane came on as sub and set up one goal, and scored on his debut.
It is hoped stronger links between Willenhall Town / Sutton Coldfield Town / Birmingham Met College will develop.